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This page first made public: May 22, 2008
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
How the activity is situated in the course
Content/concepts goals for this activity
Realizing that being environmentally conscious does not cost a lot (in fact it can save money in some cases) and does not take a lot of time.
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
Other skills goals for this activity
Description of the activity/assignment
Situation: Excess plastic grocery bags
Environmental Cost: Litter, filling up of landfills, use of petrochemicals in production
Modification 1: Use a reusable cloth bag for shopping to reduce plastic bags.
Environmental Benefit: Reduce
Modification 2: Reuse the plastic bags as bathroom garbage bags.
Environmental Benefit: Reuse
Modification 3: Recycle clean plastic bags
Environmental Benefit: Recycle
Money: Reusable Cloth Bag ($10-$20)
Time: Negligible, but some planning ahead is required
Determining whether students have met the goals
Download teaching materials and tips
- Activity Description/Assignment (Microsoft Word 60kB May5 08)